Just had a good news/bad news experience – quite literally. I was invited to listen to a panel earlier today that featured several journalists and bloggers talking to other journalists and bloggers about how to step up their philanthropy beat coverage during these tumultuous economic times.
The deluge of bad economic news (even on one of those rare uptick days) keeps the markets shaky. People are looking for signs of confidence everywhere, and it seems to me that foundations have such confidence-bolstering examples in great quantities. From Miami comes a good-news story of Leonard Abess Jr. of City National Bank, who valued his employees so much he shared the wealth ($60 million worth). We hear he’ll be featured tonight in President Obama’s speech. Read the story, but more notably, read the reaction.
Hat tip to fellow Communications Network members Will Bohlen of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and communications consultant Denise Graveline. Through a link Bohlen put on the Network’s Facebook page and one of Graveline’s “don’t get caught” blog posts, I heard about GMF’s first-ever audio annual report, which is featured on the Network website.
A lot has been written and blogged lately about whether the newspaper business, as we’ve known it for centuries, can survive, and whether online news services can replace what’s lost. If you want to read a superb analysis of the problem and why, in his view, online news distribution alone, is not a solution, Paul Starr’s article in the current New Republic — even with its dire warnings — won’t disappoint.
Over the course of many moves, I sadly misplaced my copy of The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White. Hands down, it’s the best guide to writing ever written. In a nod to White, blogger Dean Rieck has developed an equally useful and incredibly concise one-page writing guide that you should print out and paste to your computer.
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